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The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 9) – Alethea’s itsy bitsy teeny weeny swimsuit!

The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 9 – Alethea’s itsy bitsy teeny weeny swimsuit!

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The Food Show (Ep 5) – Chocolate Rice Sandwich!

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(Ep 5 – Chocolate Rice Sandwich!)

Zan spends more fun father-daughter time with Athena as he teaches her a childhood recipe he learned that any little kid can do for a quick snack!

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (AND ON VIDEO!) Ep 65 – Will Najib Razak be investigated by Mulder and Scully?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (AND ON VIDEO!)
Ep 65 – Will Najib Razak be investigated by Mulder and Scully?

Is the best way to get the public off your back on corruption allegations by completely ignoring them? Seems like there are still no explanations to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue despite various leaders’ repetitive, though slowly lessening, calls for clarification by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.


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Still waiting for a straight answer on 1MDB



Still waiting for a straight answer on 1MDB
By Zan Azlee

I was at the recent Economic Update organised by the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) at Sasana Kijang. The panelists consisted of a slew of ministers and a central bank governor.

The first question off the bat by the moderator, Umapagan Ampikaipakan, was to get the elephant out of the room – 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

How does it affect the current state of Malaysia’s economy?

Good move in wanting to address the issue that everyone is talking about.
But, as expected, the ministers on the panel were slightly dismissive of it. They acknowledged it, of course. But still dismissive.

The message from them regarding 1MDB can be broadly categorised in to three answers:

1. The dismal state of the economy is not unique to Malaysia and is not solely because of the 1MDB scandal. Many other countries are affected too because it is a global situation.

2. Investigations are under way, so let it take its due course and we will all know the outcome soon enough.

3. Malaysia needs to move on ahead and not dwell on the 1MDB scandal. It is already being handled so don’t worry about it.

But what blew the roof was not what Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed or Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said. It was what Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz said that was echoed after the event.

She stressed that although there are many factors that have contributed to how bad Malaysia’s economy and depreciating Ringgit, we should not ignore the fact that the political scandal is also part of it.

Zeti continued to say that there are efforts being taken to strengthen the economy and for all this to be done optimally, the country definitely does not need more political scandals and controversies.

To be honest, the Bank Negara governor really didn’t say anything revealing or significant. She just acknowledged that the political scandals in the country have an impact on what is happening.

But because of how information is only slowly trickling out (or not at all!), even statements as mild and tame as what Zeti made makes headlines in the news and is the talk of the town.

But I guess it takes something like this to throw the issue back into the spotlight. As it is, no one in any authoritative position is willing to say it as it is. People are getting tired of it being dismissed all the time.

If the government is trying to make an effort in convincing the public that everything will be okay and to restore their confidence in the economy, then they really have to try harder and be more sincere.

[This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

Has Umno killed an opportunity for Malay students?

I gave a lecture to a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. It was fun and we had a laugh!
I gave a lecture to a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. It was fun and we had a laugh!


Has Umno killed an opportunity for Malay students?
By Zan Azlee

It is very amusing and funny to see how people make idiotic blunders when they don’t think before taking action. But sometimes, these blunders quite significant impacts.

Take for example, the recent management by the Cabinet minister in charge of MARA, the agency responsible for developing the economic and social development of the Malays.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri had ordered MARA Director-General, Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, terminate its sponsorship for the next intake of students studying at Taylor’s University.

The Minister of Rural and Regional Development gave no official reason for why the decision was made. But for context, we need to look at the prior developments of the issue.

A few days before, on Malaysia Day, a big rally known as the ‘red-shirts’ rally or ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’ was organised in Kuala Lumpur to reinforce Malay rights in the country.

Many considered the rally to be racist in nature (and this includes me) and it received a mighty amount of criticism from all layers of Malaysian society.

It was organised by a group of Malays who attempted to push that Malays are the lords of the country and other races need to realise their second class position because they are immigrants.

Racially-based speeches were made, verbal abuse was dished out and judgments were made on both sides of the divide. Personally, I was disgusted.

And as the smoke slowly cleared, realisations started setting in as well. And this brings us back to the issue of MARA and Taylor’s University.

A bus bearing the logo of Taylor’s University was spotted at the rally and it was apparently used to transport and ferry participants in and out of the rally on the day.

Taylor’s then released a statement saying they did not authorise the service of the bus bearing their logo for the rally and it was not used to ferry their students there.

They also announced that they have terminated their contract with the bus operator with two months notice as per the contract they have with the operator.

And the private university expressed their ‘regret on the unintentional association of Taylor’s University with this event (the ‘red-shirt’ rally).

It is clear that the university did not agree with the intentions of the rally and did not want to be associated with it. And when their logo was seen at the rally, they did not like it.

And it is also easy to assume that the reaction by the Minister in calling for the termination of the sponsorship of students at Taylor’s to be associated to the termination of the bus service.

The university has every right in wanting to control the image and reputation and by terminating their contract with a company that was not in line with their wishes.

And, if you go by the words of the Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, MARA has every right as well to terminate the sponsorship of students to the university.

Idris said that there needs to be no explanation as to the sudden termination because this was under the purview of the Ministry and no reason needs to be given for it.

But look at these two actions closer. Taylor’s also had every right to do what they did and they clearly made their reasons clear as to why – they did not want to be associated with a racist rally.

The Ministry’s decision to terminate the sponsorship came with no explanation whatsoever, and it came immediately after the Taylor’s decision being made public by the media.

Although there was no official call of support for the red-shirt rally by Umno or any of it’s leaders, Ismail was at one of the meeting points of the rally on the day.

And prior to the rally, the Umno leader had also said that Umno will be there if they are invited and he will be sending party members to join.

Now answer this question that I am posing – for a group who says they fight for the Malays, have they jeopardised this by killing an opportunity for Malay students to gain an education?

[This article was written originally for English.AstroAwani.Com]